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Catholic Relief Services CEO will speak in Myser Initiative

Dr. Carolyn Woo
Dr. Carolyn Woo
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The Myser Initiative on Catholic identity welcomes Carolyn Woo, Ph.D., the current president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services and a former dean at the University of Notre Dame, to speak at The O'Shaughnessy auditorium at St. Catherine University on Thursday, April 19.

In her speech entitled "Common Good, Uncommon Excellence," Woo will speak on the topic of global realities — insights and challenges from a perspective of faith — and address the challenges presented to Catholics as revealed in the work of Catholic Relief Services around the world.

Open to the public, the event will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at The O'Shaughnessy on the St. Paul campus of St. Catherine University. Tickets are free, but reservations are required to ensure seating.

Woo stepped into her position as the CEO and president of Catholic Relief Services in January 2012. Prior to taking the position, she served as the dean of the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame, where she had been since 1997. During Woo's tenure, the Mendoza College achieved a number 1 ranking (BusinessWeek/Bloomberg) in 2010 and 2011. Prior to working at the Mendoza College of Business, Woo served as the associate executive vice president for academic affairs at Purdue University.

Woo earned a bachelor's degree in economics with highest distinction and honors from Purdue University. She also earned both a Master of Science in Industrial Administration, being designated as a Krannert Scholar, and a doctorate degree from Purdue.

Tickets for Woo's lecture will be available as of March 1. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

About the Myser Initiative

The Myser Initiative on Catholic Identity annually brings professionals who exemplify in their life and work the values and principles inherent in the Catholic Identity of St. Catherine University. The initiative infuses Catholic perspectives and understandings more deeply into the curriculum and daily life on campus. Workshops and discussion groups promote greater depth of thought, inquiry, sharing, listening, dialog and understanding about the Catholic faith and understanding the great spiritual resources alive and accessible in every religion. 

Feb. 3, 2012 by Melissa Kaelin

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